KDE has a nice utility to format the glacially slow floppy disk. I never gave it much thought because I seldom ever use a floppy disk anymore, let alone format them. They are slow, limited in the amount of data they can hold (1MB), and almost worthless these days, and the media is not reliable over time.
KFloppy is the GUI utility and unless a distribution has arbitrarily deleted it, I think it's safe to say that everyone who has KDE will have this utility.
Today I finally had a reason to format a floppy disk.
Open the KFloppy utility then pop in a floppy disk into the floppy drive.
Setup it up and click on the Format button...
Click on the Continue button.
And that's all she wrote.
If yours completes the formatting, great...
You don't have to do a thing.
Otherwise the journey begins here.
Cannot access /dev/fd0u1440
Now this is a clue!
Time to check if fd0u1440 even exists, at the Konsole.
No such file or directory. It doesn't exist.
But /dev/fd0 does.
Time to open up a New Root Shell and create it.
Type in your root password.
change directory to /dev
create the symlink.
ln -s source destination is the command.
You can see here that I got this backwards, but no harm was done.
fd0 is the source and fd0u1440 is the destination.
Now when the floppy formatter goes looking for fd0u1440 it will point it to fd0.
Time to test this out, click on the Shell tab.
Type in: ls -l /dev/fd0u1440
Yes here it is ready to go.
Now that the symlink has been created, will the formatter work?
Click on the Format button again.
Low-level format error: What the hell?